2020 SPESA Virtual Executive Conference


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As the world continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided, for the safety of our members, not to hold an in-person Executive Conference this year.

HOWEVER, that doesn't mean we can't try something new. In very 2020 fashion, SPESA is hosting a Virtual Executive Conference for its members and the sewn products industry at large October 29-30.

Past, Present, and Future of the Sewn Products Industry

The 2020 conference will focus on the Past, Present, and Future of the Sewn Products Industry, which seems appropriate as SPESA celebrates its 30th anniversary and we all look toward a new future post-pandemic.

The conference will feature a total of four hours of education spread across two days, with a few fun surprises sprinkled throughout. As always, the conference is open to not only SPESA members, but to anyone interested in learning more about the current issues, trends, and policies impacting the global sewn products industry.

And, as always, the conference will feature a combination of speakers, panel discussions, and industry case studies to provide an opportunity for attendees to both learn and engage. While our speakers are experts in their fields, no one has all the answers and thus this conference aims to build communication among both speakers and attendees to address the issues facing our industry and find solutions together.

This year's key topics will be technology, exploring how it comes into play during manufacturing, within product, and at retail, and supply chains, looking at how they have changed in the last year and what to expect moving forward. We will also discuss the global economic outlook moving into 2021 and beyond, and the potential ramifications of the upcoming U.S. elections.

So what's new this year?

  • To start, this year's conference is FREE — you won't be running up our bar tabs, so it didn't seem right to charge you for attending
  • The education will be specific to SPESA members and sewn products suppliers — the downside of having a virtual conference is you don't have the opportunity to network with your customers during breaks, so we decided to take advantage of this opportunity to narrow our focus to our core audience and provide suppliers with the tailored education they don't always receive within a larger audience
  • You can wear pajamas! Just kidding, but really, who would know?

We request that you please register in advance to help us keep track of how many people will be attending and enable us to make this the best virtual event possible for our members and the sewn products industry.

Click here to register.

Click here to view the agenda.

Click here to learn more about the speakers.

Thank you to our sponsors of this event! Click to learn more about Tukatech, Gerber Technology, and Methods Workshop.

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring this event, please email marie@spesa.org or maggie@spesa.org.